With the winter fast approaching, most individuals are staying indoors with doors and windows tightly shut. This keeps the cold air out, but keeps allergens, pollutants and other contaminants in your indoor space. Fortunately, there are many things you can do in your Palm Beach Gardens home to increase the quality of air in your indoor environment.
Clean Sweep Your Home
It’s important to clean your home regularly to reduce allergens and irritants in your indoor space. Instead of using feather duster to dust your home, use a damp cloth. You should also ensure that you dust through the hard-to-reach areas like ceiling fans. To keep potentially harmful vapors at bay, you should consider buying nonaerosol, nontoxic, and unscented cleaning products. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will also come in handy for best results.
Bathe & Groom Your Pets
During the cold seasons of the year like fall and winter, your pets will probably spend more time indoors as compared to outdoors. This means more pet dander and fur in your indoor space which can cause allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. To prevent this from happening, you should ensure that you bathe and groom your pets on a regular basis. You should also wash the pets’ beddings frequently.
Circulate Fresh Air
Even when the weather outside is cold, you should open the windows from time to time to let in fresh air. If you can’t open the windows, ensure that the ceiling fans are on to keep air circulating.
If you are planning to redecorate or renovate your home this fall; do it wisely and carefully so as not to compromise on your indoor air quality. Some of the things you can do to enhance your indoor air quality are:
- Go for hard-surface floors instead of carpets to reduce trapped pet dander and dirt as well as simplify the cleaning process.
- Put blinds rather than curtains because blinds attract less dust.
- Avoid toxins in your indoor space by using zero or low VOC paint.
- Invest in houseplants to lend natural beauty and help fight air pollution.
Buy Air Purifier
Because of the fact that you can’t keep your doors and windows always open during the day to let in fresh air, you should invest in an air purifier. When scouting for an air purifier that meets your tastes and preferences, always look for one that has the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers’ (AHAM) approval seal. Also double check to confirm that the purifier is appropriate for the level of purification you need in your home.
Replace Filters Regularly
Air filters affect the operation of your HVAC system. Cleaning or changing the filters regularly will help to minimize contaminants in your indoor space. An electrostatic air filter is a great choice because it uses an electric charge to capture airborne particles more than the standard filters.
In addition to the above things, you should also make sure that your laundry is cleaned frequently and moisture is minimized. In fact, you should try as much as possible to keep the humidity level below 50% and ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms and other damp areas.